Meta has banned influencer Andrew Tate from Facebook and Instagram for violating their policies.

The former kickboxer rose to fame in 2016 when he was kicked off the TV show Big Brother for a video that appeared to show him attacking a woman.

It then gained notoriety online, with Twitter banning it for saying women should “take responsibility” for being sexually assaulted.

He had 4.7 million followers on Instagram when his account was deleted.

That number had grown rapidly from around a million followers in June.

Meta said it had removed the kickboxing star from its platforms for violating its policies on dangerous organizations and individuals, but did not provide further details.

At the time of his withdrawal from Big Brother, Tate said the video had been edited, calling it “a total lie trying to make me look bad”.

He has not yet commented on the Meta ban.

Andrew Tate’s videos, which promote misogyny and target women, have gained prominence this summer with many teens commenting on how much he appears on their social media.

Its content has raised concerns about the effect it could have in the real world, especially on younger users exposed to it during their school breaks when they have free time.

The focus has been mainly on TikTok, where users say they have readily received his videos, sparking a new wave of videos commenting on and criticizing Mr Tate’s content. YouTube has also come under pressure, as it is where he has amassed millions of views.

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